In Bertrand Tavernier's smart, steamy adaptation of Madame de La Fayette's novella set in 16th century France, the Count of Chabannes (Lambert Wilson, Matrix Reloaded) returns from the savagery of the religious war between the Catholics and Huguenots. In exchange, he must look after the arranged princess-to-be (Melanie Thierry, Babylon A.D.) while the young prince goes off to sow his royal oats. Not only does Chabannes have the awkward task or keeping the beautiful bride from cavorting with her studly "friend" (Gaspard Ulliel), but he himself has feelings for the girl. If Chabannes thought the battlefield was filled with senseless brutality, wait until he meets the new nobility. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes. In French with English subtitles.
Bertrand Tavernier---France---2010---139 mins.